NHL Trade Rumors: Why the Bruins Should Hold on to David Krejci

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NHL Trade Rumors: Why the Bruins Should Hold on to David Krejci
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Who knows if we're even going to get an NHL season in 2012-13? In the event that we do, though, the Bruins actually need a competent offense on the ice.

And much of that offense revolves around David Krejci, so even if he's drawing interest from all around the league (which he is, at any given time), Peter Chiarelli & Co. need to hold on to him.

This Bruins already have enough trouble scoring. They don't need to lose Krejci.

Danny Picard of CSNNE.com reported last week, via a source, that Coyotes defenseman Yandle "would love to play for Bruins." Elliotte Friedman of CBC noted over the summer that Phoenix covets Krejci.

YardBarker's Rob Kelley believes there is little to no chance of the deal actually happening.

He writes:

The reason this has come up is because Yandle is from Massachusetts, and he has expressed his desire to play for Boston. Adding a defenseman such as Yandle with Zdeno Chara would give the Bruins one of the most formidable defensive pairings in the league. But I am telling you, it will never happen.

Kelley continues that the Bruins will be hesitant to let go of Krejci—no matter whom they would receive in return—because Krejci is one of the few centerpieces the Boston ownership is trying to build around.

Hopefully, for the sake of the Bruins' future, Kelley is right.

Last season, Krejci finished the regular season with the third-most points on the team, the fourth-most goals and the second-most assists. He finished with the second-most ice time among all forwards.

In his five full seasons with the Bruins, he's proven to be one of their most consistent offensive threats, especially during Boston's Stanley Cup run in 2011, when it was his line that came up particularly huge.

No matter how good Yandle is, and no matter how formidable he will make the Bruins' defense, the Bruins don't need a defensive upgrade. This is a team that finished the 2011-12 season with the sixth-lowest goals-against-per-game average in the NHL, and not all of that is on Tim Thomas.

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This is a team with a solid blue line and a borderline awful offense. We saw that in last year's playoffs, when Boston managed to score just one goal or fewer in four of its seven games before being bounced by the Capitals. Boston showed a stunning lack of proficiency when it came to scoring under pressure last season, and it can't afford to lose one of the two or three key players who could actually put the puck in the net.

Centers may be easy to replace, and the Bruins may have a few really good ones, but Krejci is one they cannot afford to lose—unless they want their next several seasons to end the way the last one did. 

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